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Electric Guitarist Steven Mackey Part Of HSO's Merry Mozart

In the early 1990s, Princeton composer Steven Mackey started to explore the sonic relationship between the electric guitar — his chosen instrument — and the violin. He's still at it; on Dec. 9 through 11, Mackey performs "Four Iconoclastic Episodes," a double concerto for violin and electric guitar...

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